2017 - Hi, this is Jack Curren. I just wanted to post a notice that my best friend in grade school, Mike Humphrey, passed away today. We were featured in the photo section that I posted back in 2004. He was 71. Lived in N. Las Vegas.
2017 - One of our earliest Kahoks, Carlos Hadaway, aka the Arizona Kid, left us on February 14th, 2017.
Attendees at some of our earliest Reunions remember Carlos, dressed to the nines in his Arizona Kid outfit, and his joy re-living memories of his time in Sasebo as a teenager in the mid 1950’s.
It was at these Reunions that Carlos contributed several of his art pieces to our “silent auction(s)” which will continue to be enjoyed by those fortunate to have secured them.
Carlos, along with his adoring wife and partner of nearly 30 years by his side, battled the cruelest of diseases for the past year. Nancy kept me aware of his condition throughout that time, always reminding me of his unfailing courage and his never ending humor which he spread to those caring for him.
I didn’t get to know Carlos in Sasebo as he returned to the states shortly after I arrived. However, finding him as part of our continuous search for friends and classmates, several of us spent time with him and Nancy. We learned of his art, his exploits as a “real cowboy”, and reminisced about each others lives in Sasebo and after.
By any measure, Carlos made the most out of his life. Overcoming difficult and nearly impossible situations Carlos managed to succeed in whatever he set his mind and heart out to do. Like a true cowboy, he played the hand he was dealt and never complained.
I, along with many of you, have gotten to know his wife Nancy. In 2001 she volunteered to design and maintain our Sasebo web site, and has continued to do so. The past year has been a very difficult time for Nancy, her Carlos, and for all of us that know them. For those of us who are, or have been fortunate enough to share our lives with a caring and loving mate, we know, and can appreciate, the journey that Nancy and Carlos have made together.
I don’t know how much longer I will be able to “bribe” Nancy with various forms of chocolate to maintain our web site and to assist us with our Reunions, but one thing I do know is that she has earned her Sasebo/Kahok citizenship many times over!
In times like this, I like to believe that there’s a huge Teen Club at the end of our ride here, where all of us, along with all the special people in our lives, will party forever!
Thursday - March 23, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
12065 N Saguaro Blvd
Fountain Hills AZ 85268
Thursday - March 23, 2017 - 1:00 p.m.
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 N Cave Creek Rd
Phoenix AZ 85024
~ John Gordon
the costs required to put on the Reunion, to include the mailing of the
Announcement and all the scheduled events, have to be covered by the Registration
Fees collected. At the same time, these fees also have to be kept as low
as possible so as to promote attendance and a successful gathering for all.
we could cover our rears and reduce our stress level by "padding" the
registration fee and thereby provide a little wiggle room just in case our
"estimated" attendance falls short. However, we'd be running the
risk of making attendance more difficult for many of us, thereby defeating the
whole purpose of this Reunion. So how do we address this dilemma? Find ways to supplement our Registration Fees . . . and that's where all of us can
(1) Take advantage of the great room rates and Registration Fees. Encourage your classmates, spouses, friends, and relatives to join us, so they too, can experience first hand what made that time in Sasebo so special. The more people that attend helps to decrease the average cost while
at the same time increases the experience for everyone.
(2) Participate in our “Silent Auction”. Find stuff to donate and bid on the stuff others bring.
The money collected will be used to help offset our Reunion costs.
(3) And last but not least, skip the car payment that month and purchase lots of our Sasebo Reunion
T-shirts, hats, and whatever stuff we try to sell. Although the profit is small, every little bit helps.
In conclusion: (1) Bring your friends, relatives and anyone you might want to get out of the neighborhood for about a week; (2) gather items such as memorabilia, interesting stuff, or anything you’re willing to give up (get rid of) at our Silent Auction. Also bring lots of money to bid on the stuff others are trying to get rid of; and (3) plan on outfitting all your family, friends, neighbors, etc. in our
T-shirts, hats, etc. They make great gifts!!!
Should you have any questions on the Silent Auction, please contact Jo Wilson (Emerson) at (651) 653-0731 or at her e-mail at
And, if you’ve got some extra cash you’d like/need to get rid of (launder), just send it directly to
“John-Boy and Rotor". We will use it to buy Sasebo Reunion T-shirts,
hats, etc. --- we promise!!
2015 - To all my Sasebo Classmates and Friends:
They tell us that getting older and nearing or having already entered our
golden years, are the “rewarding” point in our lives, where work and career
are finally moved to the back burner of importance, and the time for rest and
relaxation begins. For all of us that have put in the years of taking
responsibility for so many things, this new part of our lives should be
golden, or at a minimum, greatly anticipated, but, the downside to getting
older is that everything and everyone around us is also getting older. News
concerning the passing of friends and family seems to come more
Terry Linnell, known far and wide as Spike, has left us. His daughter,
Andrea Masley, called me with the sad news. She said that so many of her
Dad’s friends, and the phone numbers of those who had shared Sasebo with
him, were at the top of his notification list should the need ever arise.
Like many of you, I came to know Spike through our Reunion(s). Spike was
in Sasebo in the mid-1950’s, and he was one of the pioneers that set the bar
for the rest of us dependents to follow.
Spike first appearance at our Reunion came in 2002, and he became a
“regular” at all the Reunions that would follow. I don’t know of anyone that
enjoyed our Reunions more than Spike. Anyone who spent any time with
him would come away with that same conclusion. His friends in Sasebo,
and all the “new” Sasebo friends he found at our Reunions, were so very
important to him. In between Reunions, Spike would call me every month
or so to “check in” to see if I had any news about our Sasebo family.
Spike loved Sasebo and the classmates and friends he had come to know.
We will miss Spike, his never-ending smile and enthusiasm for all that was a
part of Sasebo and the Sasebo family that meant the world to him.
A Celebration of Life for Terry Linnell (Spike) will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the above Museum in Spike’s name is recommended. Any questions concerning the arrangements should be directed to
his daughter, Andrea Masley (510) 962-0152.
~ John Gordon
2015 - To all my Sasebo Friends:
As all of us approach, or have already crossed the line into that of a
Senior citizen, many of the inevitable and unavoidable happenings
begin to become a regular part of our lives. Such is the case with
more and more instances of changes that are happening to not only
each of us, but to our friends.
I just received word that one of our most loyal and ardent Kahoks
Patricia (Pat) Wagner, known to her Sasebo classmates as Pat
Thomas, has lost her husband, Gary Wagner. As many of you may
know, Gary had been going through a difficult stretch with his
health over the past couple of years. During this time Pat has kept
us informed, and has often sought our thoughts and prayers for
Gary, and they must have worked, but ultimately it became Gary’s
time to leave Pat and her family and friends for the next
destination, one that all of us will eventually make.
Our thoughts and prayers are now needed for Pat and her family as
they face the future without Gary. This is one of the reasons why
all of us need friends on the journey through life.
I also received a telephone call from a very dear friend, who is
about to undergo an operation to replace two heart valves this
coming Friday. Many of you know Kent Curtis having grown up
with him in Sasebo as I did, or seeing him as a regular at all of our
Reunions. Kent and I became friends in Sasebo when we were 15-
16 years old. Together we made a lot of memorable moments
together in Sasebo and beyond. He and I made a vow to one
another one night after Teen Club to be each other’s Best Man
should we find somebody foolish enough to marry either of us.
In July of 1966, I found Kent just in time to be my Best Man, and
the following winter, Barbara and I drove to Pennsylvania so I
could complete the promise we made to each other. Ironically, his
wife would also be named Barbara.
As mentioned above, I’m asking all of his and my friends from
Sasebo to keep Kent in their thoughts and prayers. If you know
Kent as I know him, he will tell you that his time in Sasebo was the
happiest couple of years in his life, and he means it. And he will
also tell you that it wasn’t the aroma from the benjo that made him
feel this way, but it was the friends, like many of you, that did it.
I will let you know how things are going with “Potch”.
I’m sure that once Friday has passed and Kent is in recovery, he
would be really happy to hear from each of you.
Address: INOVA Fairfax Hospital
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
Thanks as always.
~ John Gordon
2014 - 2014 Reunion wrap-up
Hard to believe that it’s been over a week since we were all doing our best to behave as silly as possible, but here I am, waiting for the shirts that were ordered to make their way to me so that I can mail them off to the purchasers. Still trying to put all the “stuff” away that the Reunion requires, but once the shirts arrive and are mailed, I’ll be able to put the 2014 Reunion to bed until we begin preparation for 2016.
I’d like to thank all of you that came this year. For a couple of you, the effort made to attend bordered on the extraordinary (Bob Sabin and Marilyn). I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention someone who battled so hard to come to this Reunion but fell short, our Ginger. For those of you in the 70’s that knew Ginger as a classmate and friend I know how difficult her passing was for you. I first discovered Ginger in 2000 when she along with my future partner Rotor found their way to our very first Reunion. From that moment on, she became special to me and everyone else that would share Sasebo Reunions with her. If there’s a Teen Club in Heaven, I believe she’ll be waiting to dance with all of us once again.
I’ve said it so many times, yet no matter how many times said, or how many different ways I’ve said it, if you really want to do something, don’t put it off. Life is not homework! Given all of our ages, with every year that passes our options to take care of that “bucket list” narrows. If you really want to do something (like make it to our Reunion), do it! And if you know of friends and classmates from Sasebo who have yet to join us, give them a not-so-gentle nudge. They’re not getting any younger.
For those of you that brought memorabilia, silent auction goodies, and made purchases of our reunion stuff, thanks! Our costs keep going up, and the sales of our stuff and the proceeds from our silent auction have managed to off-set some of the rise in costs. However, the best way to meet those rising costs is to begin having a rise in attendance.
Sometime near the end of this year, we’ll be doing a long overdue update of our Directory. We will attempt to contact the nearly 500 names in our Directory by telephone in order to update addresses, e-mail addresses, and other important info. Additionally, we will be asking everyone if they would like to continue as part of our Directory, and also if they have intentions of attending any of our future Reunions.
This update is necessary in order for us to lower our start-up costs for each Reunion, and to ultimately communicate better with all of our friends and classmates.
In closing we think we’ve put together a pretty good formula and agenda for our Reunions, but any ideas, suggestions, and any hands-on help is always appreciated.
See you all in 2016!!
~ John Gordon
2014 - We lost a true tomodachi-san/friend. Thought
everyone could use the enclosed information.
Mrs. Ginger R. Bond
Born: Wed., Aug. 13, 1958
Died: Fri., Aug. 15, 2014
Memorial Service: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Enid Cremation Service
~ Nelson Dumphy
For those of you have been "regulars" at our Reunions, I don't have to
remind you who Ginger is. For those of you who attended for the first time
in 2012, you, and all the rest of us, missed her, as she was unable to join us
for the first time since she found us way back in 2000.
~ John Gordon
Ginger is part of that notorious group from the 70's that happened to stumble
upon me back when I was putting together the first Sasebo Reunion in 2000.
Ginger, along with several of her friends from Sasebo, joined us that first
Reunion, and soon became a part of what we've grown into since. It took me
about 5 minutes to become friends with Ginger, and through all the Reunions that
came after, she has been one of those folks that I most looked forward to
Since her last Reunion in 2010, Ginger has been undergoing a battle with cancer.
Ginger was so disappointed in missing the 2012 Reunion, and despite her
on-going battle, she and her husband Mike were not going to let anything keep
her away from our 2014 Reunion. They had already purchased their airline
tickets, and she was so excited and determined to hang with her friends from
Today, I received word from her very good friend Rotor that Ginger is back in
the hospital, and fighting for her life. I've come to know Rotor over the
past 14 years, and I know that he has had a love affair with Ginger all the way
back to the time they came to know one another in 1972. Both Ginger and
Rotor are happily married to someone else, but the love they have for each other
has. and will always be there.
My thoughts and prayers are with Ginger and her family, and I know that all of
her Sasebo friends, old and new, will keep her in their hearts.
Rotor has posted Ginger's phone number on Facebook, along with updates concerning
Ginger. (530) 977-4206. He tells me that Ginger is under a lot of
pain meds, so if you give her a call, she may not quite be her usual self.
Since our last Reunion in 2012, one of our Kahoks, Marilyn Langschwager, Pisoni,
Mar, Ace, and whatever she'll come up with next, has waged a long and difficult
battle with her health.
~ John Gordon
During her battle, Marilyn has often said that the thoughts and prayers from her
Sasebo "buds" have kept her hopes and spirit up , and have played a
big part in getting her through it all.
Marilyn's fought long and hard to get to this year's Reunion. I can assure you,
no one loves our Reunions more than Marilyn!! If we held a Reunion every month,
she'd be one of the first to sign up.
I know that this year's Reunion is "extra special" for her, given what
As a personal favor, I'm asking each of you to make a "special effort"
to join Marilyn and the rest of us at this year's Reunion.
2014 - To all our friends and classmates......We (John and Rotor) interrupt
your life with the following breaking news. We have just come back from Las Vegas where we spent the last couple of days wrapping up stuff for our upcoming Reunion. As you all know, each Reunion we try to find something to add that will make the Reunion really "special" for everyone that attends. We know how difficult and expensive coming to our Reunion can be for all, and getting the biggest bang for our buck while also trying to make the event special, has always been our goal. Over the past Reunions we've developed Reunion merchandise (shirts, hats, etc.) that provided great
souvenirs for all of us and at the same time allowed us to earn some $ to help offset the ever rising costs of the Reunions. We've introduced "silent auctions" and
"50/50 drawings" all in an effort so that we could hold down our Registration fees for everyone. So far we've been successful.
The news this year, is that we've managed to get something for our Reunion that we've only dreamed about. ROTOR AND I HAVE SOLD OUR SOULS TO GET A "BLOW-YOUR-SOCKS-OFF-KICK-ASS-BAND" TO PLAY FOR OUR DANCE!!!!
For years it has been our dream to be able to have a band for our Reunion, and this year it's going to happen! Rotor and I will be required to serve some time performing some illegal trade for a year or so to hold up our part of the deal, but then again...when haven't we gone the "extra mile" for all of you, our Sasebo friends and classmates???
Seriously, we have never been this excited about our Reunion, and more than ever, we are counting on all of you to get the word out to everyone you know. This opportunity may never come again. Get on the phone or e-mail your friends and classmates, and encourage them to join
us. Get your spouse, siblings, family members, and friends to join you and your Sasebo friends for this "special" party. This is going to be the GREATEST Reunion yet!!
No matter what Rotor and I do, no matter what events we set up, none of our efforts succeed without all of you and your support. This year, more than ever, we need you to reach out to everyone you'd love to share this Reunion with, and convince them to attend.
They'll only be spending a couple of days out of their life and it will be time well spent. You just can't beat the arrangements. Sharing the time with you and your Sasebo friends will be something for all to remember. Now go and do what we need you to do!!!
~ Your loyal subjects, John and Rotor
21, 2013 - Marilyn Langschwager (Pisoni) aka Ace has been having
a rough time this year. Her health problems are centered around her
heart. After having undergone a major operation just a few months ago, she
is now back in the hospital. If you were in Sasebo in the early 60's or
have been to any of our Reunions since 2002, you know Marilyn. No one
looks forward to our gatherings more than her. Marilyn will be the first
to tell you that our Sasebo Alumni Association and the Reunions that have
resulted have provided her with a "new" and wonderful part of her
Each and every one of you that spent time in Sasebo know first hand how we
all took care of each other. That's what made that time and the friends we
shared there so meaningful. Any time spent in the hospital sucks, and with
Christmas just a few days away, it really sucks.
One of our Kahoks is hurting
and needs our support!! I'm asking each of you to grab your cell phones
and spend a couple of your minutes to give Marilyn a call, and to keep her in
your thoughts and prayers.
She can be reached at (818) 843-5111
(Providence St. Joseph Medical Center-Burbank). She's registered under
Marilyn Pisoni. Hospital address is 501 Buena Vista, Burbank, CA, 91505.
I know I can count on you.
~ John Gordon
29, 2013 - Our Ace Detective, Marilyn Langschwager (Pisoni) is
in ICU at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, CA after emergency surgery.
Hospital address is 501 Buena Vista, Burbank, CA, 91505. Phone number is
(818) 843-5111. Please keep her in our prayers that she'll be able to
return home soon. Keep fighting, Ace!
~ Nancy Hadaway
May 26, 2013 - Rotor has been in the hospital this past week and will be headed home hopefully tomorrow or the next day. Whatever is wrong with him I'm sure can be attributed to his behavior. Keep him in your thoughts as you do all Kahoks. His e-mail address is
email@example.com, home phone
(619) 722-7730. Give him a "hello" when he gets back home!!!
~ John Gordon
March 21, 2013 - Hi Gang,
I wanted to inform you all that Bob [Sabin] WAS in the hospital. He said he had a mild stroke on my
Facebook page this morning. So as I spoke to him...being charged out and rolled to the door to go
home...he expressed how how lucky he was and would call later tonight. I hope you all will send him your best wishes and your dreams.
There's nothing more important than for him to FEEL happy right now...so let's make him reeeeeeeeeal happy. I'll post this on the alumni site for those whom I don't have an email
address. There's nothin' better than a face to face, but a card or call is good
too! His contact information is here: Robert
Go do something that makes you happy everyday!
~ Ace (Marilyn Pisoni)
6, 2013 - Bill Rivers, a classmate and friend in Sasebo left us this past June. We searched and eventually found Bill in 2010. We talked, and a couple of us actually got to spend some time with Bill whom we hadn’t seen or talked to for over 50 years! Bill had some health issues, not unlike a lot of us, and these issues limited the possibility of Bill joining us at our 2010 Reunion. Bill wanted so much to come, and so many of his friends and classmates were anxious to see him again. As our 2012 Reunion neared, our conversations with Bill offered some hope that he would be able to join us, but just a month or so before the Reunion, we lost contact with Bill. A couple of us had decided that we would do whatever it took to assist Bill in getting to the 2012 Reunion, even if it meant driving to his home in Avery, Ca. and bringing him to the Reunion.
Christmas cards sent to Bill were returned undelivered just a few days ago. A check on-line revealed that William “Bill” Rivers had passed on June 23rd, 2012 shortly after our last contact with him. Bill was one of us “teenagers”, a proud member of the “Kahoks” from 1959-61. Legend has it that Bill was one of the “stars” of the first Kahok basketball team to win the Far East Tournament in 1961. For those of you that have attended any of our Reunions since 2000, you’ve heard the Coach of that team (who has attended every Reunion) remind all of us about that special part of E. J. King history and the contribution made by Bill. Although we’ve just now learned of Bill’s passing in June, we can still pause and reflect upon our time spent with him. “Old Kahoks never die, they just change their address to that big Teen Club and wait for the rest of us to arrive.”
~ John Gordon
3, 2012 - Post script, 2012 Sasebo Reunion:
How the time flies when you’re with special friends. The Sasebo Reunion of 2012 has come and gone and for those of us that were there, our feet have yet to hit the ground. This was our 8th Reunion since 2000. It wasn’t our biggest, but for those of us that showed up, it was hard to get any better. We held our own Grand Prix, ate well and drank more than we should have, we laughed as we recalled memories, and we danced. But most of all, we re-visited the friendships that began so many years ago in Sasebo and the “new” friendships we’ve found at our Reunions. Basically, we spent the better part of a week behaving like kids!
As with every Reunion, there is the bitter-sweet aspect of not being able to see or visit with all of our friends and classmates from our time in Sasebo. This Reunion saw several of our “regular” attendees unable to get past the sorry economics facing all of us, and for them it was a difficult decision to forgo the trip. But they will return
… that I’m sure of! Sadly, we also experienced the passing of several of our friends and classmates since our last Reunion. Some of them managed to make it to one or more of our previous Reunions, while some chose to let the opportunity slip by. Still others continue to trust that the opportunity will always be there. We will continue to encourage the “missing” to finally join us, or in some cases, to make a “return” visit, until all of our friends and classmates have the opportunity to experience the Reunion that they never thought would happen.
Like most Reunions, the Sasebo Reunion offers all of us a chance to re-visit a time in our lives when our responsibilities were limited to just being the best friends we could with one another. We didn’t know it then, but there would never be another time in our lives when friendships would be as intense and as important.
As midnight approached on the last night of our Reunion, all that remained gathered on the dance floor, wrapped our arms around each other, and swayed to the last song of our 2012 Reunion. Collectively we all vowed to return in 2014, and given the looks on everyone’s faces, we knew this promise was meant to be kept.
For all of us that work to put each Reunion together, we want to thank each and every one of you that made the effort to join us. For those that came for the first time, we’re counting on seeing you again in 2014. For those of you out there in cyberspace, those who were in Sasebo in the 80’s, 90’s and beyond, our Teen Club is open to all of you. Please take the opportunity to join us in celebrating our time in Sasebo. We may not know you, and you may not know us, but join us in 2014 and that will all change forever.
For those of us that could do this Reunion stuff every other week, 2014 seems like a long way off. But trust me, the time will fly, and before you know it the plans for 2014 will be sitting in your mail box. So start making arrangements to farm out the kids, the
grandkids, give your boss a heads-up, find someone to cut the grass, practice your dance moves, and get excited! Come and see your friends from your time in Sasebo and be prepared to make a whole bunch of new ones that were in Sasebo before and after you.
Thanks to all of you that help make everything come together at the Reunion. Jo, Rob, Candi, Ace, Bob, Carol, Rich, Kent, Gene, Lana, Pat, Ginger, Roy, the Corman girls, Nancy our web master, and my co-chairman Rotor…the list goes on and on!
And on a personal
note, a “special” thank you to my wife Barbara, who turns all of our Reunion plans and schemes into reality. From the very beginning she has done whatever it takes to bring Sasebo back to life for all of us. I often wish that she had been with me in Sasebo so that I could have fallen in love with her that much sooner. But, given all the “cool” friends I had back then, she just might have fallen in love with one of them instead….YIKES!! But, if she had, who would have been with me in the future to make the Sasebo Reunion happen??? What a dilemma! I sure would have loved to dance with her at the Teen Club, but instead, she has made it possible for me to dance with all of you again.
Let’s make 2014 the biggest and grandest Sasebo Reunion ever! If every person that attended our 8 previous Reunions all came back in 2014, we would have one helluva party. And if we all found more of our “missing” friends and classmates, and had them and the kids from the 80’s and 90’s join us in 2014, it wouldn’t be a Reunion; it would be a Sasebo Convention!
~ John Gordon
9, 2012 - The Corman girls are headed for Reunion 2012 along with Pat & Pam
Stith. Also, last year Joe Rhoads found me and he & his wife visited
with me & my sisters last Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana. They
are going to be joining us this year also.
We would love to see a big group from the 60's attend again this year. We always have a blast from the past!
~ Candy Corman Baque
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